fonds JARM - Papers of John Armstrong, Canon of York

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Papers of John Armstrong, Canon of York


  • 1971-1984 (Creation)

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0.25 cubic metres

14 boxes

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Biographical history

John Hammond Armstrong, known as Jack, was born in 1924. He served with RAF Bomber Command during the Second World War before studying for the priesthood at St John’s College at the University of Durham. He was ordained deacon in 1949 and priest in 1950.

He was appointed curate of Bishopwearmouth, County Durham, in 1949, before transferring to the parish of Cockfield with Staindrop in 1952. In 1954 he moved to Yorkshire to serve as vicar of Skipwith and Thorganby, where he remained until 1959 when he was appointed vicar of North Ferriby. In 1963 he was made diocesan advisor on Christian stewardship and moved again to the parish of Sutton upon Derwent.

In 1971 he moved to York as priest in charge, and later rector, of York, All Saints Pavement and York, St Crux. In 1972 he was made a Canon of York Minster as prebend of Ulleskelf. He remained in York until his retirement. He was priest in charge of York, St Denys between 1974 and 1976 and Team Rector of York, All Saints Pavement with St Crux and St Martin between 1977 and 1991. He was also Rural Dean to the City of York between 1976 and 1986 and chaplain-in-chief of the Air Training Corps from 1973.

Canon Armstrong retired to Heworth in 1991. In 1998 he was awarded an MBE for his services to the RAF Association and to ex-servicemen York. He died in 2007.

Archival history

The archive was received as part of the Clergy Records Project which aimed to document the administrative work of individual members of clergy by preserving the records received and generated in the course of their daily work.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute in the 1970s and at a later date.

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Scope and content

Papers of Canon John Armstrong, 1971-1984, including papers concerning Royal Society of St George, 1971-1979, and papers of the York Chapter Committee, 1976-1979.


Further accruals are not expected.

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Conditions governing access

Records are open to the public, subject to the overriding provisions of relevant legislation, including data protection laws. 24 hours' notice is required to access photographic material.

Conditions governing reproduction

A reprographics service is available to researchers subject to the access restrictions outlined above. Copying will not be undertaken if there is any risk of damage to the document. Copies are supplied in accordance with the Borthwick Institute for Archives' terms and conditions for the supply of copies, and under provisions of any relevant copyright legislation. Permission to reproduce images of documents in the custody of the Borthwick Institute must be sought.

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  • English

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The archive has not yet been catalogued. Please contact the Borthwick Institute for further information.

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Further records concerning the work of Canon Armstrong, 1961-1977) are deposited at the Borthwick Institute as part of the records of the Diocesan Assocation for Moral Welfare (Reference: AMW/4), and the records of the Diocesan Board of Finance: Stewardship Council, 1963-1975 (Reference: DSC.3).

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Rules and/or conventions used

ISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2000); Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997).

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Created by S. A. Shearn, 19.03.17.




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